We’ve all seen the commercials. Redbull’s Flugtag fills the skies with flying tacos, dinosaurs and Winnebagos launching off of ramps for the ultimate Redbull fueled goal – the wings of course! Well this Saturday, September 4, from 1pm to 3:30pm Flugtag makes its Philly-area debut. 34 teams and hundreds of onlookers will converge on the Camden waterfront to compete to see whose daffy flying machine will catch air the longest before plunging into the Delaware River. The air parade happens at Pier One, at the very end of Cooper Street in Camden, and gates open at 11am.
Flugtag, which means “flying day” in German, is an extraordinarily different experience each time. Any competition that calls for teams to design and build the goofiest possible air-bound chariots with the goal of launching them off a 30-foot “runway” into the river below is amazing and we need to be there – especially since this event has been going on since 1991 and this is the first year for Redbull lovers in our area to be able to see it right here at home!
But it’s not enough for these eyebrow-raising flyers to be well-engineered; they’ll be further judged on creativity and showmanship. A People’s Choice award will be given to the team that garners the most online votes between Friday and the final flight on Saturday. Some of the teams have their own websites and pretty elaborate videos of the making of their carriages.
There will be a satellite viewing station set up at Penns Landing and access for boats to watch right there on the river. For pre or post flight drinks, The Victor’s Pub is right there at the other side of the parking lot, making for a convenient beer and sandwich stop. For an option that’s sure to be less crowded, the 20 Horse Tavern is just a few blocks away.
The Victor’s Pub: 1 Market Street, Camden Waterfront, (856) 635-0600
20 Horse Tavern: 835 S. 2nd St., Camden, (856) 365-9211